AN INTRODUCTION

Why did we go?

Why do anything exciting? We can't help but wonder whats out there. Maybe you've watched those National Geographic specials like we did as kids. Have you ever wanted to see the same things? There are many organizations that offer tours to see these wonders. And, while we're not discounting these tours (we both work for a tour company in Hawai'i), we're also students and can't afford these trips. But, you don't need a tour to see whats all around you. Just go out and EXPLORE! We wanted to promote that idea, and give you as many examples of how we went about doing it in our adventures. Maybe you'll be able to have the same satisfaction knowing that if we could do it, so can you!

When did we go?

We took advantage of the northern hemisphere's great amount of light. Thus we began at the end of June and traveled in July and early August.

What did we do on the way?

Its important to remember that we didn't just make a bike trip through Canada and into Alaska, just to do it. For us it is more important to document the biological diversity, and the history along the way. Yet, just documenting biological diversity could be very easy from an automobile. We didn't want to do it that way. What kind of an adventure would that be? Besides, we wanted to set an example of sustainability and minimal resource use as we made our way north. What better way then to make the entire journey than through a self-propelled vehicle (our bicycles).

So along the way, we had planned to do the following:

  • Cycling all 2,000 miles to Anchorage and stay in one piece.
  • Document Biodiversity through still photographs and web-entries
  • Record video clips of the biodiversity along the way.
  • Learn and share about the history and culture of this land.
  • Discuss conservation issues when they arise.

How we are making a difference.

As conservationalists we understand a bit more about the issues affecting biologically rich areas like the one we are preparing to ride through. We could have easily just made the trip on our bikes, and documented how difficult the ride was and the trials taken to get us to our destination. But how can you do a trip like this and NOT make the wildlife the most important thing? That is, of course what surrounds you every second of every day.

We want to make sure that everybody that reads the information on this site and begins an adventure of their own, also sees it for the biological diversity around them. We'll show you how we did it in hopes that you'll start doing it too. The more people that are out there observing the wildlife, the more of us there will be that will want to fight to protect them when environmental issues threaten their existence. That's how we feel we are making a difference.

Pre-Trip Preparation

To prepare ourselves for this journey we had created the following goals:

  • Physical Fitness: Cycled from 200 to 300 miles a week.
  • Education: We read field guides on Alaska, Canada and the Northwest so that when we began our adventure we would know more about the animals.
  • Equipment: We bought and prepared our gear and bikes for the trip.
  • Finances: As we were students without much money worked overtime in our current jobs to help fund the trip and found a few sponsors along the way.

About the Crew

Rob Nelson: At age 18 Rob began planning adventures with his fellow classmates in the small Australian university of James Cook (JCU). In the next few years, Rob and his friends Joseph , Hazen and Jonas have created an organization dedicated to documenting the world's biodiversity through adventure travel. For the crew of these adventures, their trips are loaded with intense discovery. A minimalistic view on travel is adopted so as to conserve resources while at the same time enjoying the diversity that surrounds us.

Joseph Coleman: Joseph lives and works in Hawaii enjoying nature. His job as a Nature tour guide keeps him outside and learning about natural history. Joseph has been pursuing a degree in Zoology and will hopefully be accepted to the U.H. Graduate program. Long distance traveling is nothing new for Joseph. After graduating High School he left with a friend on a bike and travled accross the US for 3 months. Joseph has attended outdoor mountaineering schools, traveled extensively in Europe and recently helped produce a month-long documentary on the less traveled areas of Mexico.

 

 
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